Taking part in the Four Course Classic is a challenging event! If you’re going to complete 4 full rounds of golf in 24 hours, then you’ll need some great footwear to help see you through. With a whopping 72 holes, you don’t want to be limping around on the final round.
Choosing a pair of golfing shoes can be a daunting task. There’s a whole universe of golf brands, golf terms, and concepts to navigate that might be a bit overwhelming for a layman of the sport.
With that in mind, in this article, we’ll guide you through all the information you need to know to help you make your first golfing shoe purchase with confidence.
Factors to Consider
Golfing shoes are important at two separate stages of the game: During the swing, and, if you choose to walk the course rather than take a cart, whilst walking between shots.
During the swing, it is important that your feet don’t slip and that you have the right amount of traction. The golf swing creates a lot of pressure on the feet and it is important that your shoes can withstand this force. Slipping during a swing will not only ruin your shot, but can also cause serious injuries, not to mention great embarrassment.
The conditions of the course should guide your decision buy spiked or spikeless shoes. Wet and slippery pitches require spiked shoes whilst drier conditions call for spikeless shoes. Shoes that damage the turf are also to be avoided, as these can result in hefty fines and/or membership cancellation. Metal spiked shoes, for example, can cause such damage, so be weary of buying such shoes.
If you plan on walking around the course rather than taking a cart, it is important that you choose comfortable golf walking shoes. A typical 18 hole course game will result in at least 3 to 4 miles of walking, which can cause blisters and great discomfort if done with shoes that are not well-fitted and appropriate for walking.
Here, the decision to purchase spikeless or spiked shoes is also important. If you plan on walking between shots, know that spikeless shoes are usually more comfortable. This is particularly true when comparing old shoes as spiked shoes tend to loose spikes as they age, causing and uneven balance of foot support which will undoubtedly cause discomfort and potentially injuries.
Style is also an important consideration depending on where you usually play golf. High-end club houses might forbid certain styles, so be sure to consider your local course’s etiquette.
In the past, most shoes followed a formal style, but in recent times, designs are converging to those of running shoes. The choice between these two styles depends once again on how much walking you intend on doing, how formal your golf course is, and the conditions of the course. Also consider purchasing a separate pair of shoes to use in the club house as it is often forbidden to bring your golfing shoes to these areas.
We hope this article has helped you choose your golfing shoes. This is an important decision that is often taken too hastily and can greatly influence your comfort and performance at the range.
Investing in a good pair will not only improve your form but can also save you money on the long run, as cheaper models tend to break down easily.
If you’ve got any extra tips or have a favourite model, feel free to share it in the comment section below!
Good luck on the course!